Join the Olympic Club

An all-access community uniting and rewarding Team Canada fans – it’s free. Gain points, rewards and get email updates from your Canadian Olympic Team.


Canadian professor James Naismith invented basketball in December 1891 as an indoor winter game at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Naismith had peach baskets nailed to each end of the school’s gym and made the objective of the game to throw a soccer ball into the baskets. The first game consisted of two 15-minute halves divided by a five-minute break, with the 18 men in his class separated into two teams of nine.

Initially forbidding dribbling, the game quickly evolved to something resembling the modern version. Dribbling became accepted, the team size dropped to five and field goals were changed from three to two points. The soccer ball was replaced by a larger leather-covered ball and instead of peach baskets (from which the ball was retrieved manually) there were nets attached to metal rims.

After being a demonstration sport at St. Louis 1904, basketball made its official Olympic debut at Berlin 1936. A men’s tournament has been featured at every edition of the Games since then while women’s basketball was first included at Montreal 1976. Basketball has been on the Pan American Games program since the inaugural edition in 1951, with the women debuting four years later.

The landscape of Olympic basketball was changed in 1989 when a ruling permitted professionals, including those from the National Basketball Association (NBA) to play beginning at Barcelona 1992.

International rules differ from those in the NBA in some notable areas. Each game consists of four 10-minute quarters (versus 12-minutes in the NBA). In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, the game will continue with as many five-minute overtime periods as necessary. At 28m long and 15m wide, the international court is slightly smaller than that of the NBA (28.65m x 15.24m). The international three-point line is an arc of radius 6.75m from the basket (versus 7.24m in the NBA). The height of the net is the same under both rules, 3.05m above the floor.


Men and Women

Both tournaments feature teams each composed of 12 players, although only five are on the court at any one time. The teams in each tournament are divided into two groups for a preliminary round robin within the groups. Teams earn two points for a win, one point for a loss and zero points for a game lost by forfeit.

The top teams in each group advance to the single elimination stage. The eventual semifinal winners advance to the gold medal game while the losers play for the bronze medal. Classification matches determine the remaining teams' ranking.

Canadian Medallists







SilverArthur Chapman, Charles Chapman, Don Gray, Edward Dawson, Gordon Aitchison, Ian Allison, Irving Meretsky, Douglas Peden, James Stewart, Malcolm Wiseman, Norman Dawson, P.P McCallum, Stanley Nantais, Thomas Pendlebury, Robert Osborne1936 BerlinMen -
Olympic Club

TO2015 Daily RecapSee All

Day 16 Recap: Canada ends Toronto 2015 with 217 medals

Upcoming GamesSee All

Rio 2016

Rio 2016

History will be made in 2016 when Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, marking the first time that a South American country will welcome the world to an Olympic Games. It is also just the third time that the Games will be held in the southern hemisphere, following Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000.

Top Team Canada Fans

Al Redpath

Current Level


  • Total: 121455 points
  • Earned this week: 1565 points

Kerri McGregor

Current Level


  • Total: 100069 points
  • Earned this week: 1685 points

Ivy Tennis

Current Level


  • Total: 85550 points

Clay Naslund

Current Level


  • Total: 75289 points
  • Earned this week: 2335 points

Adam Kohn

Current Level


  • Total: 48878 points
  • Earned this week: 695 points

Michelle Chow

Current Level


  • Total: 38475 points
  • Earned this week: 855 points

Ian Duff

Current Level


  • Total: 27500 points
  • Earned this week: 450 points

Benn Wood

Current Level


  • Total: 24965 points

Website by | Programmed by Trew Knowledge | Powered by VIP


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,831 other followers